And it is ready to get dirty.
At the start of the year, we revealed that Audi would bring the A6 Allroad and RS6 Avant models to the US. The RS6 was unveiled last month in Frankfurt and now Audi has announced that it's bringing the A6 Allroad back to the US for the 2020 model year. The original model first went on sale in 2000 (known simply as the Allroad) and hasn't been offered in the US since 2005. Audi does sell the A4 Allroad in the US, so the A6 will join it as a larger mid-size offering.
As with the A6 sedan, power comes from a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 TFSI engine producing 335 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. Power goes out to Quattro all-wheel-drive through a seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission. The smaller 2.0-liter four-cylinder found on the base A6 sedan won't be available on the Allroad.
Unlike the RS6, which is focused on track performance, the Allroad was built to handle the dirt. It features a specially-tuned adaptive air suspension with controlled damping, allowing drivers to select the ride height. At its maximum height, the Allroad sits 1.8 inches higher than the base A6 with 7.3 inches of ground clearance. Drivers will have a choice of six drive modes: Auto (balanced engine and chassis response with 5.5 inches of ground clearance); Comfort (lighter steering feel and smoother throttle input with 5.5 inches of ground clearance); Dynamic (heavier steering feel, immediate throttle response, and sporty gear changes that sits 0.6 inches lower); Individual (customized settings); Offroad (increased ground clearance of 1.2 inches at speeds up to 21.7 mph); and Lift (an additional 0.6 inches of lift above Offroad mode under 21.7 mph).
Audi has also given the Allroad off-roading features such as standard hill descent control, tilt angle assist, and dynamic all-wheel steering. Drivers can even display the current tilt angle in the longitudinal and transverse directions and will receive a warning when the car is at risk of tipping over.
As with the original Allroad, this new model features wheel arches and rocker panels painted in contrasting Scandium gray matte for a more rugged appearance, while a full-paint option is also available for a more luxurious look. Audi fitted an Allroad-specific grille with chrome vertical slats and 20-inch wheels to differentiate the wagon from its sedan counterpart.
To pay homage to the original 2000 Allroad, Audi will offer an Anniversary Edition wearing an exclusive Gavial Green color option and a Sarder Brown Valcona leather interior with Fine Nappa accents. This special color is meant to look like the 2000 model's Highland Green paint. The Anniversary Edition also includes fine Grain Ash Natural Noble Wood inlays, pedals and footrest in stainless steel, a leather seat base, and leather airbag cap with contrast stitching.
Pricing has yet to be revealed but it will likely be more expensive than the V6 A6, which starts at $59,800.